This festive Winter wedding at Missenden Abbey – a dream for any wedding photographer. This is a love story that’s 20 years in the making – in fact, the bride became a grandmother in their first year of courtship! It was definitely worth the wait for Lyn and Pete however, especially with the younger generations of her family being able to declare: “Grandma is finally getting married!” Read this story about an incredibly romantic Winter wedding at the picturesque wedding venue at Missenden Abbey.
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Wedding Photography at Missenden Abbey
I’d been booked for an all-day photo and wedding videography package with the couple, so I started my day at the local barber shop in Great Missenden. Pete had chosen Lyn’s son as his best man, so the two were treating themselves to a gentlemen’s professional shave to look their best.
Later on I headed up to Missenden Abbey where I met Lyn and her family, who were getting ready upstairs. I must confess, with all the children and grandchildren from both sides of the family running around, it was a little confusing to know who was who! The wedding venue of Missenden Abbey was shrouded in a thick winter fog, giving it a wonderfully cosy feel for the guests and a fun challenge for their wedding photographer. A lovely Winter wedding at Missenden Abbey was about to begin!
With all my wedding videography packages I like to interview the couples at different points of the day, so I took the opportunity to have a chat with both bride and groom separately before the ceremony. This took no longer than 10 minutes – just enough time to help them calm their nerves and declare their love for one another before officially sealing the deal!
The wedding ceremony itself took place downstairs in the Abbey and was simply beautiful – you could tell they were absolutely desperate to marry each other. They even had a cheeky kiss when they first laid eyes on each other, rather than waiting for the vows!
Outdoor photography of a winter wedding at Missenden Abbey
After the ceremony we moved outside for group photographs in the field. It was getting dark already, so I made the most of my mobile photography studio – when we moved back inside I took the family shots with umbrella flashes.
Next up was the wedding breakfast, and my assistant and I prepared to video the key moments including the speeches, cutting the cake and the essential first dance. I’ve heard of ladies taking flat shoes to make themselves more comfortable on the dance floor, but Pete and Lyn’s wedding party even donned warm winter socks! I filmed a couple more interviews to capture the mood and prepared to go back to still photography. I’m a firm believer that wedding photography and videography will merge more and more.
Later on we decided to experiment with even more outdoor snaps in the dense fog, which made for some great effect shots. Pete’s son helped out initially to calibrate the flashes – he was smoking which looked pretty impressive amongst the wintry scene. Then came the photographs with the newlyweds, who rounded off the evening with a beautiful shot in front of a large Christmas tree in the reception hall at Missenden Abbey.
I always have a fantastic time with my wedding videography packages, and Pete and Lyn were a joy to work with. If you’d like to make your wedding memories as special as theirs or if you’re even planning another winter wedding at Missenden Abbey and still need a wedding photographer, get in touch with me via my contact page today.